Reformat HD

Posted on 2011-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a G62-347CL Notebook with Windows Home Premium 7  with 64-bit OS.  

I wanted to know if there's a way to reformat the HD without installing a CD or going to Windows 7 Professional.  

The reason I wanted to do this is because I keep having issues with BSOD and just wanted to reformat the drive so I could start out fresh.  I already backed up everything I needed to and now I'm ready to reformat.

Question by:ee4itpro
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    You can boot into an alternate operating system environment like the Parted Magic LiveCD. It's a freeware Linux-based environment that is designed to help you add, delete, and manipulate hard drive partitions, but you can also utilize it to format your hard drive:

    And for those of us who may need it, here is a short Parted Magic tutorial in PDF format:

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    There are many options, Darick's Boot And Nuke (DBAN), UBCD & GParted to name a few.  However all options require a boot CD or USB drive AFAIK.
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    Most PC's that have a factory installed windows, don't come with install media, but they usually have a recovery partition from which you can return the PC to the state it was in when it was delivered. There is usually also a tool included that that allows you to make one set of recovery media, for the case the HD goes bad. So first make sure you have made that recovery media. After that just use the recovery partition to return the system to it's factory state, that deletes all data you had on the system. Just read the manual for your PC for instructions on how to do both, create the DVD's and restore the system to factory defaults.
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    WiebeTech has a device called Drive eRazer Ultra.

    It erases/formats hard drives without a computer.
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    You don't want to reformat you disk UNLESS you have made a complete set of recovery disks.    If you haven't already done so, run the HP Recovery Manager and create those disks (as outlined on Page 101 of your manual: ]

    However -- even after you've created those disks (a good idea in case of failure of your hard disk drive at some point in the future), you do NOT need to reformat the disk with a 3rd party utility =>  one of the options in HP's recovery manager is to restore the system to its original factory condition.    This option will reformat the disk; then restore the original factory image (which is stored in a recovery partition on your disk -- if you format with a 3rd party utility you'll lose this).    When it's done, the system will be exactly the same as when you first took it out of the box and turned it on.
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    by:Anuj Bhatia
    Hey Buddy,

    As i understand you need to install Windows 7 Professional I assume you have the DVD for the same .. you can jst boot the machine from the same DVD and when the option come to select a Drive to install Windows in if you Click on Drive Options @ the Bottom you would have an option to format the Specific Partition **

    ** You should have your data backed up.

    Once you have done that simply select the formatted Partition and you should have a running Windows 7 Pro in no time ..

    Lemme know how it went ..

    Awaiting reply ..

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    insert the windows disc boot the disc
    when choosing drive to install click on advanced delete all partitions

    then create a new one and you're good to go

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